Thursday, April 16, 2015

Controversial anti-gay adoption bill will have a hearing in Senate after all

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 3:41 PM

In this week's issue, we told you about how the Senate decided last week not to amend its adoption-reform package to include language that would make it legal for private adoption agencies to refuse to work with people based on so-called "moral" convictions. While the House overwhelmingly approved a controversial bill, HB 7111, that would give private child-placement agencies the right to use religion as an excuse to practice racism, sexism and anti-gay sentiment, the bill didn't have a companion in the Senate, and it appeared that the measure would just fizzle out. 

Not so fast. The Senate Rules committee has now put the bill on its agenda for Monday, April 20. That's right – the bill is going to have an audience in the Senate, despite the fact that this bill would permit organizations to use race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, marital status and more to discriminate against people who want to foster or adopt children. What's more, the bill says the state would continue to offer organizations that openly discriminate for these reasons to continue to receive public funding and contracts. 

Why aren't more people outraged about this?

Equality Florida and other organizations are urging people who care to contact members of the Senate Rules committee to urge them to vote NOT to move this bill forward in the Senate. Contact info for the senators is in the graphic below. 
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And, in case you were wondering, here's how the House vote on HB 7111 broke down:

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